ARLINGTON -- The Rangers played a doubleheader on Thursday night in Baltimore and didn't get back to Texas until after 2 a.m. CT. They had a rain delay of almost two hours on Friday night and didn't leave the Ballpark until well after midnight.But they were back in the clubhouse ready to go at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. "We're fine," infielder Michael Young said. "With this group, it's always fun to be at the field. The sooner the better." Young arrived at the ballpark in a slump, hitting .197 in his last 17 games entering Saturday. He was 14-for-71 along with three walks and 13 strikeouts. His average has dropped to .293 from a season high of .414 on April 21. "I feel good," Young said. "I just need to bear down on fundamentals and I expect things will start going my way. If I stay focused on my job, I'll be fine. I have been down this road many times. It's nothing that worries me."
Holland's start pushed back to next Saturday
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are giving Derek Holland extra rest in the rotation and pushing him back to Saturday against the Astros.Holland last pitched on Thursday in a doubleheader against the Orioles, so he will make his next start on eight days of rest. This will also allow the other four starters to pitch on their normal four days of rest. The Rangers have been looking for ways to give individual starters extra time off, and they decided to do it with Holland now. "It's nothing physical and there's nothing wrong," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Everybody else is in line. When you go through these doubleheaders, you have to make adjustments, and this time it's Holland. We can afford to do it now." The Rangers have Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz pitching against the Angels this weekend. The Rangers still haven't officially announced a starter for Monday against the Royals, but it is expected to be Scott Feldman. They want to use a spot starter for Monday rather than bringing Holland or Colby Lewis back on three days of rest after pitching in Thursday's doubleheader. Lewis is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Royals. Holland's turn would be Wednesday against the Athletics, but the Rangers are planning to pitch Yu Darvish on his normal four days of rest, followed by Harrison on Thursday. That would leave Feliz, Holland and Lewis against the Astros during the weekend in Houston. "I'm not too worried about it," Holland said. "I'm fine with it. I guess I can't do anything about it if that's what they want to do. My job is just to be ready to pitch. It's probably what I'll do, doing what I'm usually doing, just getting ready for Houston."
Beltre shows speed with sore hamstring
ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre, still dealing with a sore left hamstring, beat out an infield hit in the first inning on Friday night. There was some debate on Saturday morning if Beltre really "stretched out" the hamstring in trying to beat out the hit."He smelled that hit and stretched it out," manager Ron Washington said. "That's what happens to baseball players when they smell a hit." "I got there quickly on one leg," Beltre said. "But it was good enough to get there safely. I don't think I forced it enough to see how it is. I was trying to run fast enough under control." Said Washington: "He was under control, but he found a third gear." "I'm not going to force it for another week or so until I need to," Beltre said. "I don't want to get back to square one." Beltre was back at designated hitter on Saturday as the Rangers don't want him in the field during the wet weather. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was hit by more rain on Saturday morning, and the Rangers remain cautious with Beltre. Washington said there are no plans to shut him down completely. Beltre is hitting .347 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in his last 14 games entering Saturday. The Rangers are 20-5 when Beltre has been in the lineup this season. "His production is not what we're looking for, it's his presence," Washington said. "He makes everybody better and he's easier to deal with when he's playing. You realize what kind of void we have when he's not in the lineup."
Angels' Williams says pitch got away
ARLINGTON -- Angels pitcher Jerome Williams said he wasn't trying to send any messages to the Rangers when he threw a pitch behind Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning on Friday night."It just got away from me. ... I wasn't trying to hit him," Williams said. "I just wanted to establish trying to get the fastballs in because I was going away from my strengths, and I was going away to hitters. I just wanted to try to throw something in." Home-plate umpire Bob Davidson warned both teams after that pitch. Manager Ron Washington didn't see any reason why the Angels would be throwing behind his hitters. The Rangers, with a 7-2 lead, did have Craig Gentry steal in the third inning, but Washington said that was part of the game. "Gentry came to me [when it was 7-0] and asked if we were shutting it down," Washington said. "I said, 'Let's see.' Then Mike Trout hit that two-run [home run in the top of the third], and I said, 'We're back on.' We're not looking to embarrass anybody, we're just out to play baseball. That's the way we play."
Wash: Darvish wanted to pitch after delay
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers did have an option if they had decided not to send Yu Darvish back out to the mound after Friday's one-hour, 56-minute rain delay. Manager Ron Washington said they could have gone with Scott Feldman after the delay and pushed back Darvish until Monday against the Royals.But that was never a serious consideration, Washington said. Darvish was adamant about pitching, and he ended up getting the win in the Rangers' 10-3 victory. "It shows that he has heart," Washington said. "He's a winner. He's for real. All this guy has ever done is win. I know it was in Japan, but winning is all he has ever known. That's what he was all about last night. "He wasn't going to be denied. He wanted to do his job. We had a lot of discussions, but he was adamant about taking the ball. You could tell by the way he was talking that he was pitching. The guy wanted to pitch, and he did."
Triple-A Round Rock infielder Yangervis Solarte is now up to a 22-game hitting streak going into Saturday, while Double-A Frisco infielder Jurickson Profar had a 21-game streak going. Mike Napoli has a triple in each of his last two games after going over two years without hitting one. He went 876 at-bats without a triple before hitting one in the second game on Thursday's doubleheader. The Rangers went into Saturday's game hitting .357 in the first inning and leading the league in runs scored.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.